Ellen VanderMyde

Ellen VanderMyde

Website: http://www.voyagewithellen.com

   MI

Ellen VanderMyde is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. While working in many art mediums, she always returns to painting and illustration—her first loves. VanderMyde’s work has been shown at Stay Home Gallery, The Ikouii Creative, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and in other galleries across the United States. In 2020 she participated in an artist residency with Stay Home Gallery where she explored creating in solitude and was 1 of 10 artists selected by Save Art Space for their Miami Art Week exhibition.
 
VanderMyde’s art practice investigates “looking” as a dialogue and attempts to locate and ground her experiences in the physical world. This practice arose organically from her learning disabilities as a way to explore non-verbal thought and language. Her colorful work, full of light and shadow, is an ongoing dialogue with observation, contemplation, and solitude as self-care. She shares these moments of delight and transcendence to give others reason or permission to pause and slow down. VanderMyde often depicts women actively engaging their surroundings and creating their own world. Her practice is resilience in action: recharging by meditating on color or transitioning light, and then sharing that feeling with the viewer, is what keeps her hopeful and able to show up honest and open.
 
(This form won’t let you submit with less than 500 words. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not as the instructions read “1000 words or less.” I doubled my biography and artist statement in order to submit the form. Apologies if the 500 word minimum is indeed desired. – Ellen)  

Ellen VanderMyde is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with a minor in Art History from the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. While working in many art mediums, she always returns to painting and illustration—her first loves. VanderMyde’s work has been shown at Stay Home Gallery, The Ikouii Creative, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and in other galleries across the United States. In 2020 she participated in an artist residency with Stay Home Gallery where she explored creating in solitude and was 1 of 10 artists selected by Save Art Space for their Miami Art Week exhibition.
 
VanderMyde’s art practice investigates “looking” as a dialogue and attempts to locate and ground her experiences in the physical world. This practice arose organically from her learning disabilities as a way to explore non-verbal thought and language. Her colorful work, full of light and shadow, is an ongoing dialogue with observation, contemplation, and solitude as self-care. She shares these moments of delight and transcendence to give others reason or permission to pause and slow down. VanderMyde often depicts women actively engaging their surroundings and creating their own world. Her practice is resilience in action: recharging by meditating on color or transitioning light, and then sharing that feeling with the viewer, is what keeps her hopeful and able to show up honest and open.

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